Although the NBA trade deadline has already passed, it's still possible for teams to upgrade their rosters before the playoffs. This time of the year is when veterans on non-contending teams are bought out of their contract.
Usually the players being bought out of their current deals are past their prime, but the latest player on the verge of reaching the open market is just 26 years old.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Charlotte Hornets are finalizing a contract buyout with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He's in the final year of his four-year deal that's worth $52 million.
Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He's averaging just 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season.
One potential suitor for Kidd-Gilchrist once he clears waivers could be the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas has dealt with a plethora of injuries this season and needs help to solidify its frontcourt.
A change of scenery might help Kidd-Gilchrist revitalize his career.
Kidd-Gilchrist was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. In his only season at Kentucky he won the national championship.
Despite his shortcomings in Charlotte, the former first-round pick may finally have the chance to play for a contender in the NBA.